Kyle Rye

Kyle Rye

BE THE ONE, NOT THE NINE

Although the Thanksgiving holiday traces its roots back to the 17th century and was first observed nationally under the presidency of George Washington, it did not become an annual holiday until 1863 by proclamation of Abraham Lincoln. In Lincoln’s address regarding the Thanksgiving holiday, he noted that all blessings “are the gracious gifts of the Most High God, who, while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy.” His statement is reminiscent of Habakkuk 3:2 in…

What Does God See When He Looks At Me?

The Bible repeatedly refers to God as an all-seeing entity. In Genesis 16:13, Hagar called God El-Roi, which means “the-God-Who-Sees,” because he saw her plight and intervened. In 1 Samuel 16:7, when Samuel was sent to anoint David as the next king of Israel, God told him that He “sees not as man sees” because He “looks on the heart.” The author of Hebrews wrote, “no creature is hidden from [God’s] sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes…
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DIVINE DETOURS

When you are traveling in unfamiliar territory, and you come across a detour, it feels like a tremendous setback. It interrupts your momentum, your schedule, and if you’re like me, your blood pressure. Detours are frustrating, stressful, and burdensome, but detours are often necessary. For example, detours are utilized when dangerous conditions are present. You may be forced to detour because a bridge is washed away or debris is obstructing the roadway. Detours are used when improvements are underway. You…

Why Should Christians Care About the Environment?

Recently, Brazil’s National Institute for Space Research released data revealing a significant increase in the number of wildfires burning in the Amazon rainforest this year in comparison to last year. This information reignited concerns about climate change. Whether or not the Amazonian fires endanger the earth’s environment is debated and certainly not the focus of this article. However, the presence of another environmental issue provides an opportunity for us to consider what the Christian’s stance on such matters should be.…
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A SIGN FROM GOD

Have you ever noticed the abundance of traffic signs around you? Everywhere you look, there are traffic signs. Some signs regulate the flow of traffic, like speed limit signs and stop signs. Other signs tell you what to expect ahead, such as construction signs, speed bump signs, and curvy road signs. Then there are signs that indicate your location or provide directions such as street names, mile markers, and exit signs. The most important thing about traffic signs is that…

No More Excuses

When Moses’ name is mentioned, most of us likely think of a heroic, faithful leader. But that is not the Moses to which we are initially introduced. In Exodus 3:10 we learn that God met Moses at the burning bush and said, “Come, I will send you to Pharaoh that you may bring my people, the children of Israel, out of Egypt.” You would think a man who was identified as a hero of faith (Hebrews 11:23-28), a friend of…

TRAIN A TIMOTHY

Timothy was unique as a minister because of his age, frequent illnesses, and what appears to be a timid spirit. Such obstacles could hinder many individuals from becoming successful ministers, but Timothy had a secret weapon named Paul. Paul referred to Timothy as his “beloved and faithful child in the Lord” (1 Corinthians 4:17; cf. 1 Timothy 1:2, 18; 2 Timothy 1:2), and as a ”fellow worker” (Romans 16:21; cf. 1 Thessalonians 3:2). Timothy became one of Paul’s most reliable…
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PURSUE A PAUL

Research has revealed that one of the most critical elements to preventing new converts from leaving the church is relationships. According to one study, “Each new person should be able to identify at least seven friends in the church within the first six months.”1 In other words, developing faith-based friendships is critical to faith development. Maybe that is why relationships played such a vital part in Paul’s ministry. Paul was a man who thrived on relationships. Rarely do you find…

Priceless

A few years ago I was in Tallahassee for a speaking engagement, and, while there, I was invited on a canoeing trip down the Wacissa River with a local youth group. The Wacissa is formed by several underground springs and is known for its crystal clear water. In fact, it is a popular location for scuba diving enthusiasts because of one’s ability to explore underwater caves without the impediment of murky water. On this particular occasion, my group traveled down…

BE A BARNABAS

William Arthur Ward once wrote, “Flatter me, and I may not believe you. Criticize me, and I may not like you. Ignore me, and I may not forgive you. Encourage me, and I will not forget you.” I believe that sentiment embodies the example of a man named Joseph who was integral to the growth of the church during its infancy. In Acts 4:36 we are introduced to Joseph. We tend not to remember him for his surname but for…
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RESTOLOGY

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention posted an article on their website entitled, “Insufficient Sleep is a Public Health Epidemic,” which documented research from the past decade on sleep-related behaviors.[1]According to their research, thirty percent of adults report getting an average of less than or equal to six hours of sleep per night when they actually need at least seven to nine hours of sleep per night. In other words, many people fail to get the rest they need…
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YOU MIGHT BE A HYPOCRITE IF…

The term “hypocrite” originally referred to an actor who pretended to be something he was not. In its original context, the word “hypocrite” was not a derogatory title; however, it evolved over time so that it came to be associated with dishonesty, a lack of genuineness, and contradictory behavior. It is this latter understanding of hypocrisy that the Bible utilizes. As Christians, we are consistently instructed to eliminate hypocrisy. We are called to “love…without hypocrisy” (Romans 12:9), we are called…